Denver hits 81 degrees Monday, earliest high in 80s on record

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DENVER -- A record high temperature was set in Denver for a second consecutive day Monday -- and it happened to be the earliest reading in the 80s since they started keeping records.

Denver climbed to 81 degrees late Monday afternoon, shattering the previous record of 75 degrees set in 2012.

On Sunday, Denver recorded a record high of 79 degrees, breaking the previous mark of 76 degrees set in 2013.

A red flag warning is up for parts of the Front Range and eastern Plains because of a mixture of heat, dry soils and gusty winds. The warning did not include Denver.

The mountains climbed into the 60s as spring ski conditions began to develop.

A cold front will move in Monday night, bringing increasing clouds and a 20-degree temperature drop Tuesday. There's a 20 percent chance of a rain shower Monday night into Tuesday.

Clouds will hang around Wednesday into early Thursday with a 20 percent chance of rain on Wednesday and a few flurries possible Thursday morning.

But by the weekend, warmer temperatures will return.